The fourth week of Advent begins with the lighting of the fourth candle, the candle for love. This is the week we celebrate the arrival of Love. God is love. Emmanuel, God with us...Love with us.
This is also a short week, since Christmas is on Tuesday! Here's what we are planning for our week:
Sunday, December 23rd, 2012
Tonight's reading is about the angels coming to the shepherds and the shepherds visiting Jesus.
The Children's Illustrated Bible (Hastings) - The Shepherd's Visit
Ann Voskamp's Advent Devotional - Day 27
The Jesse Tree (McCaughrean) - Angels
Angel and Shepherd's Staff or Sheep
Monday, December 24th, 2012
The final reading is about the Wise Men.
The Children's Illustrated Bible (Hastings) - The Wise Men
The Jesse Tree (McCaughrean) - The Brightest Star
Tuesday, December 25th, 2012
There are no readings specified for Christmas Day. But, you may choose to read the story of the birth of Jesus one more time. Maybe you have a special book set aside for this, or maybe you want to read directly from scripture. We like to light all 4 candles and the center candle when we get up in the morning...before going to the grandparents house and starting our festivities for the day.
See other posts about the Jesse Tree and Advent by clicking the label "Jesse Tree" or "Advent" at the bottom of this post.